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Address: 12607 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
Phone Number: 301-271-7574
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Description: Built in 1776 and located at Cunningham Falls State Park, this was the...
Built in 1776 and located at Cunningham Falls State Park, this was the first iron furnace constructed in rural Frederick County.
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Walk through history

Nice leisure hike in the woods. Lots of wild flowers, a clear running stream, amd of course several historic landmarks.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Nice leisure hike in the woods. Lots of wild flowers, a clear running stream, amd of course several historic landmarks.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Hard to believe that 100 years ago the glorious green hills around Thurmont were stripped bare to feed this iron mill and the fresh air here smelled like rotten eggs. Amazing how Mother Nature regenerates. Really interesting stop!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

There is not much left of interest at these old stone buildings that were Catoctin Furnace. The good news is it is free and right on the roadside. Combine it with a drive to the Cunningham Falls hike - and- Just north one minute is a unexpectedly diverse and fair sized zoo that is a gem in good weather.

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Howell, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

A nice history lesson. There is a trail (more of a light hike) at top that takes you thru all the history of the furnace and how it operated. It goes over Route 15 as well.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We were disappointed by the lack of information at this site. Expected a lot more but the area did have other interesting sites to make the trip worthwhile.

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Walked from Cunningham Falls State Park visitors' center on the Catoctin Furnace Trail to furnace and no signage directed us to the furnace. Missed it and ended up driving around to see it after discovering where it was located. Poorly maintained trail. Little information posted at site of furnace.

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Frederick, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Fun picnic for a few times, Has been recently modernized. Places to grill picnic tables, Kids will love the little nature center.

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Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

The trail to this site is perfect for families, leading through the woods, near the creek, and over the highway. Signs tell the history all the way along. This is a must do, must see.

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Cascade, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

The charcoal industry was an important part of the culture in the Catoctin mountains and this furnace is related to that industry. It is well maintained and attractive. An interesting side-trip for a day spent exploring the vicinity.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

We loved it here, very nice place to look around and spend some time..even have a picnic! Would recommend this as part of a day trip!

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Address: 12607 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
Phone Number: 301-271-7574
Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Thurmont

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